While You Weren't Looking

While You Weren't Looking

by Caitlin Cary


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While You Weren't Looking

Caitlin Cary was the stable presence in Whiskeytown's rambunctious mix, her fiddle playing and calm, clear vocals providing an anchor to Ryan Adams's storied wildness. For her solo debut, While You Weren't Looking, Cary gathers many of her Whiskeytown bandmates, including guitarist Mike Daly, drummer Skillet Gilmore (her husband), and, as a co-writer on three songs and for a vocal cameo on the bonus mini-CD, Ryan Adams. While "Please Don't Hurry Your Heart" and "Thick Walls Down" display some familiar Whiskeytown twang, most of While You Weren't Looking draws more on British folk traditions than on Americana roots music. The lovely "Shallow Heart, Shallow Water," the melancholy "The Fair," and the gorgeous "Sorry" contain shades of Linda Thompson and Sandy Denny; like them, Cary has a wise, world-weary edge to her voice that lends a timeless quality to the songs, especially the ballads. Cary is a storyteller at heart, and her songs are peopled with vivid characters. "Girl, he's killing himself/in a car when you're not driving,/in a bar when you're not looking," she sings in "What Will You Do?," and Whiskeytown fans will recognize that self-destructive character. Produced with warm attention to detail by ex-dB Chris Stamey, who also produced Whiskeytown's Strangers Almanac, While You Weren't Looking allows Caitlin Cary to claim her share of the spotlight, and she wears it well.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/19/2002
Label: Yep Roc Records
UPC: 0634457202924
catalogNumber: 2029
Rank: 190827

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Caitlin Cary   Primary Artist,Violin,Tambourine,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Shaker,Casio
Chris Stamey   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Harmonium,Cabasa
Ed Butler   Percussion
Shalini Chatterjee   Hand Clapping
Mitch Easter   Electric Guitar,Snare Drums
Brian Dennis   Electric Guitar
Lynn Blakey   Vocals
Mike Daly   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Vibes,Mandocello,Wurlitzer,Guitar (Nylon String)
James A. Lane   Trumpet
Jon Wurster   Percussion
Chris Eubank   Cello
Adam Price   Vocals,Voices
Jen Gunderman   Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond Organ,chamberlain,Wurlitzer
Michael Krause   Electric Guitar
Greg Readling   Dobro
Aaron Oliva   Bass Guitar
Skillet Gilmore   Percussion,Drums,Timpani
Thad Cockrell   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Mike Santoro   Bass Guitar
Ronnie Tomany   Hand Clapping
Tim Smith   Tenor Saxophone,Baritone
Andy Church   Bass

Technical Credits

Chris Stamey   Producer,Engineer
Mitch Easter   Engineer
Wes Lachot   Engineer
Ken Mosher   Engineer
Caitlin Cary   Artwork
Jon Wurster   Contributor
Ronnie Tomany   Cover Photo

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